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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.


The National Lottery Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund aims to support organisations who are looking to produce film festivals and screening programmes in Scotland for a public audience.

Activities supported by the fund should increase the reach, impact and diversity of film screenings and events for communities throughout Scotland and meet Screen Scotland’s Audience Development priorities:

  • Scotland has a diverse screen culture, showcasing the best contemporary and heritage films from Scotland and around the world, raising up new or unheard voices.
  • Communities across Scotland have access to shared spaces with meaningful, relevant, and enjoyable opportunities to engage in screen culture.
  • Scotland’s venues, festivals and platforms are sustainable - financially and environmentally - and are positive places to visit and to work within.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Who can apply

This fund is open to new and existing organisations based in Scotland and producing film festivals and screening programmes.

When to apply

Open from June until mid-October. The fund closed early due to the volume of applications. They expect to reopen in Spring 2024.

How to apply

There is a two stage application. Stage 1 is an online questionnaire related to diversity standards. Stage 2 is a full application to Screen Scotland. This can be downloaded from their website.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture

Beneficiaries funded: Black & Ethnic Minorities Economically/socially disadvantaged General public LGBTQI people Rural communities Religious & Belief Groups Local communities

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